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Title: Akiko Kurose Interview I
Narrator: Akiko Kurose
Interviewer: Matt Emery
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: July 17, 1997
Densho ID: denshovh-kakiko-01-0012

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ME: You mentioned in an earlier conversation that you and I had, that you grew up with no cultural restraints. What does that mean?

AK: Well, it was like, several times my husband's family would say, "A man shouldn't have to change diapers," "A man shouldn't have to bathe a child," whereas, I didn't have that kind of thing, or, "A man shouldn't be sweeping the floor," "A man shouldn't be doing this." We didn't have that kind of upbringing, so we didn't have that kind of separation or that kind of chauvinistic, sexist philosophy imposed on us. And I was very surprised, and perhaps I shouldn't blame it on the Japanese culture. But there seems to be a strong, and it may have been at the time, but a very chauvinistic culture.

ME: Did you see this happening around the community?

AK: Yeah, and then like the Nisei fellows would sometimes make those kinds of comments. And I think they're pretty chauvinistic as far as... now as they grow older they share more of doing the housework and whatever. But, I noticed at the beginning when we first got married, I would notice that the men would have that kind of attitude.

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